Picture of the graphic novels on their new shelves.

Graphic Novels - Keeping Up With The J’onzzes

A list of 10 (+ 4) resources for graphic novels that I use to keep up with current trends, find classics and fill gaps in my collection.


Do we live in a "post-truth" society? One where facts and knowledge aren't valued, where "experts" are dismissed for being killjoys? I hope not, but there has been a marked increase in this anti-intellectual, anti-fact rhetoric from certain (highly successful) political circles recently. Alongside this post-truth menace come deceit and lies, which have recently been rebranded…Continue reading Post-Post-Truth?

EPQ Update

Just a short one today to post an update on the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) course I blogged about in February. Quick recap: the EPQ is a mini-dissertation research project, usually offered to A-Level students to help prepare them for University. For the first time last year, our school offered it to a handful of…Continue reading EPQ Update

A Newbie's Reflections on School Library Inductions

This time last year, I had to teach 300 children (ten classes of around thirty) how to use a library. I’d never done it before. I had only a vague idea of what I needed to do, and no idea about what the best way to go about it was. Fortunately, I didn’t have to…Continue reading A Newbie's Reflections on School Library Inductions

Young woman swamped by research

Celebrating Success

I thought I'd follow up the recent "learning from failures" post with one celebrating a recent success. I am a librarian at a secondary school with pupils between the ages of 11-16. This means that my role involves much less information literacy responsibility than it would for a school that included A-level students (16-18). And…Continue reading Celebrating Success

Back to school

I have been in my new job for 6 weeks now, and in one more week I will have 6 weeks of summer holiday. Hopefully I’ll have a bit more time to reflect on the experience then. Meanwhile, I’ve signed up to an online social media course for librarians based on the 23things course that…Continue reading Back to school

Putting Education Into Practice

Happy New Year! It’s 2015! Time to resurrect this blog! It’s a bit embarrassing to note that the last entry here was from 2012. I hadn’t finished my library course, I hadn’t started working in the public library service. I’m not going to talk too much about the specifics of the course at this stage…Continue reading Putting Education Into Practice


I should really try to get into the habit of updating here more often. Since the last update, I have officially been accepted onto the MA Information Studies course at Brighton University and have started volunteering at the National Portrait Gallery's Heinz Archive and Library. I started working at the NPG in March as a…Continue reading Foreword

Prologue: National Libraries Day

Hello, good day and welcome to The Book Lender. Perhaps more honestly, this blog should be called "The Aspirant Book Lender", or "The Book Lender To-Be". For I am not a librarian, but I would very much like to be. I cannot think of another job that more perfectly matches my personality, skills and interests. I'm just surprised…Continue reading Prologue: National Libraries Day